April 29, 2019
Jeannie Macnab

Good news!! We are thrilled to announce that A Human Workplace Seattle hold its first gathering on May 17 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Seattle Municipal Tower.

Bad news: The gathering is already sold out! :(

But the good news is this tells us that interest and need for this community and gathering in Seattle is high. And we need to find a larger venue! We are working on that.

Meanwhile, if you’d like to be placed on a waiting list for May 17 or on the Seattle mailing list for future gatherings, please send an email to

What to expect at A Human Workplace Seattle

A Human Workplace community gathers to explore, learn, and encourage each other to better practice and advocate for a more loving, human workplace. We are a growing community of like-minded people in Seattle-King County who want to learn, share, and be challenged to to be more human-centered in our work. The focus of A Human Workplace is to shift from fear-based to love-based leadership and teams where real value is delivered and improvement happens continually out of care for people.

Plans for the First Gathering

At the May 17 first gathering, participants will be introduced to A Human Workplace and explore the two primary human emotions - love and fear. Love at work is experienced as acceptance, respect and a sense of belonging. Fear at work is experienced as indifference, rejection, uncertainty and worry. How do we scare people at work? How do we create workplaces that embrace loving, human-centered leadership and teams? Renee Smith, founder of A Human Workplace, will share the origin story of this movement.

Regular host is and lead organizer is Jeannie Macnab and co-hosts are Christina Chang, Marcus Stubblefield and Judy Wells.

The Way We Gather

This community is an open, safe, and welcoming space for all. The goal is for everyone to feel included in this conversation because we all have so much to learn from each other to make us more loving humans. A Human Workplace gathering is characterized by relationships, reflection, dialogue, and active exploration. Don’t expect to be talked at but expect to talk with each other to discover and affirm what’s most important about being human together at work and beyond.

April 29, 2019
Renée Smith

Are you feeling stressed at work, at home, or both?  If so, you’re not alone!  According to the Center for Disease Control, stress levels in American workers are at an all-time high. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way.  

In this workshop, Stress Less – Minimize Stress to Maximize Potential - join Amy to explore stress in the workplace – what causes it, how to recognize it, and how to deal with it.  She will also explore happiness and shed light on what makes us happy and how we can lead more fulfilling, satisfying lives at work and beyond.

Leave with a personalized toolkit to minimize stress that you can begin implementing immediately.  Register your team and attend together!

Join the ICSEW and Amy Leneker in the first of a series of workshops on June 24, 2019, at the Lacey Community Center. Cost is $200 for government or non-profits with early registration at $150 until May 24!

Register here through EventBrite.

April 18, 2019
Renée Smith


Register today for April's gathering of A Human Workplace Olympia co-hosted by Justin Chan, DSHS DDA, EDI Administrator, who will guide us through an extended session to explore how and why we create resilient spaces. Join us April 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in the Helen Sommers Building in Olympia.

Building on our work together in March, he will help us consider:

  • Why do we talk about inclusion, exclusion and microaggressions?

  • What systems and assumptions are in place to create microaggressions?

  • How do we shift power dynamics so that we create a loving environment that lifts all voices?

Last session we needed more time. And we acknowledge that the dominant system does not usually allow enough time for marginalized communities to have voice nor for others to adequately understand different experiences. This gathering is an effort at creating more time and space.

Register today for the April gathering of A Human Workplace Olympia!

Justin Chan is the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Administrator and Tribal Liaison. As a first generation Taiwanese American and a dedicated community leader, Justin sits on the Board of Directors for the Asian Pacific Islander Americans for Civic Empowerment c4 (APACE) and worked for the Department of Early Learning as the Interim Equity and Professional Development Administrator focused on racial equity and ECEAP, our state funded preschool program for three and four year-old children with low income.

He has worked along side leaders and communities, leading numerous racial equity action planning and “normalizing the conversation” training with staff and leadership. He has helped provide staff with the tools and knowledge so they can feel capable of planning, implementing, and tracking equity programs while engaging with diverse communities every step of the way.

This Community

Please remember that this meeting is an open, safe, and welcoming space for all! We want everyone to feel included in this conversation because we all have so much to learn from each other to make us more loving humans. Let's take another step together in our journey to eliminate fear and help each other be the best coworkers we can be!

Register today to reserve your seat for this gathering. When you register, your email will be added to the mailing list for A Human Workplace.

We welcome all participants; please contact us to request accommodations. Email with your specific needs. Thank you and we look forward to you joining us.

March 29, 2019
Renée Smith